Archive for May, 2011

Hospital Shakedown

Blago testified that he never held up a rate increase for doctors at Children’s Memorial Hospital in exchange for a $25,000 contribution from Children’s CEO Patrick Magoon. On a Nov 12th phone call, Blago is heard asking Deputy Governor Bob Greenlee if the rate increase can be held up. When told it can, Blago replies […]

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Next Stop: The Produce Aisle

CTA buses are often packed like sardines. But one retired vessel from the CTA fleet is packed to the gills with produce. Once on board, you’ll find everything from pineapples, to mangoes, to collard greens, to onions. Last Thursday, a line formed around the bus’ first stop of the day – the Herbert Spencer Math […]

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No Job for Patti

Blago has now accused a third close friend and adviser of lying on the stand. His former chief of staff John Harris testified that Blago told him to hold up all state business to Citibank after Patti was not considered for a job. Blagojevich said today it never happened.

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Hedy Weiss: Theater Reviews

At 7:00 pm on Chicago Tonight, Chicago Sun-Times theater and dance critic Hedy Weiss joins us to discuss three plays on stage right now. Tonight, we’ll hear about “The Outgoing Tide,” “Porgy and Bess,” and “Festen.” “The Outgoing Tide” at The Northlight Theatre This world premiere of a new play by Bruce Graham tells the […]

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Blago Strategy – Denial

Under friendly questioning from his defense attorney, Blagojevich continues to deny that he ever shook down either John Johnston or Gerald Krozel. “Did you demand that he [Krozel] fundraise for you?” “No.” Blago got a fair amount of leeway before government objections took over, to explain the politics he was facing at the time. “Madigan […]

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Emanuel Announces Partnership Providing Internet to Students & Families

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the launch of Internet Essentials, a public-private partnership that will provide access to high-speed, reliable Internet service for the families of 330,000 students throughout Chicago. “Having access to high-speed Internet service allows children to do schoolwork, adults to find jobs and grow the city’s economy, and families to learn and explore […]

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Blago Back on Stand

A faulty microphone has temporarily halted the Blagojevich trial. “It’s not my fault,” quipped Blagojevich. But it turned out it was, as the martial pointed to Blago’s binder resting on the mic switch. There is one less juror listening to Blagojevich today. A white woman who is a computer tech for a junior college did […]

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Point Of Views

The other day, as I was waiting to get into the courtroom or the alternative overflow courtroom, I met several people with opposite views. One woman’s name I did not get. Her position was that the former governor was not guilty of anything but being a politician. I spent the next few minutes giving her […]

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More on the Story: Week in Review (5/23-5/27)

Here is a roundup of Chicago Tonight‘s web stories from this week: Monday, May 23: – Durbin, Kirk: Federal Money Should Help Pay for Chicago River Cleanup – Maps of Illinois Redistricting Plans Released – Mumbai Terrorist Attacks – Mayor Emanuel Announces GE will bring 1,000 Jobs to Chicago Blagojevich Retrial: – Blago Defense Requests […]

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Weekend Events Around Town: 5/27 – 5/30

Need some ideas for what to do on this Memorial Day weekend? Chicago Tonight knows what is going on! Porgy and Bess at the Court Theatre Don’t miss the Hyde Park Court Theatre’s production of Porgy and Bess, the Ira and George Gershwin classic. Classic songs like “Summertime” are given new life in this update […]

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No Pressure

On a Dec 4th phone call, Lon Monk tells Blagojevich he should call John Johnston for his contribution “from a pressure point of view.” Blagojevich agrees, but in court today he says he never made the call because he didn’t want to put pressure on Johnston. His attorney Aaron Goldstein asked him why he had […]

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Blagojevich and Chris Kelly

Blagojevich has come up with several reasons for not signing the horse racing bill racetrack owner John Johnston wanted. And he says it wasn’t because he was waiting for a promised contribution from Johnston. Blagojevich says he got a call from Chris Kelly who told him he was hoping for a presidential pardon for his […]

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Blago Explains Politics

Blagojevich is trying to explain the complicated Illinois politics he was facing as governor. “There was a chess game going on between me and Mike Madigan,” he said. He is a crafty legislative leader who would often put poison pen language in legislation I favored, in order to reduce the power of the governor, explained […]

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Blago and the Racetrack Deal

Rod Blagojevich is back on the stand this morning and the alleged shakedown of racetrack owner John Johnston is up first. Under questioning from his attorney, Aaron Goldstein, Blagojevich tells the jury he thought he had a commitment from John Johnston to raise or donate $100,000 by October 8, 2008. Goldstein refers to a tape […]

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Blago and Politics

The government is beginning to make objections as Blagojevich continues to give his political biography, veering into what can only be called campaign rhetoric. Prosecutor Reid Schar rises to object, but even before the Judge rules, Blagojevich apologizes and stops; only to veer off again moments later. The judge has just called Blagojevich over to […]

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